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      10-08-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Restoring Jerez Black | Part II

My favorite client to work with is someone that is genuinely excited about seeing their car after I've completed a paint correction. This client in particular had very high hopes for a car he recently purchased that was severely neglected by its previous owner. The entire car had intense swirling and holograms created by another detailer.

This detail let me try out a tool I hobbled together to help facilitate multiple fixed measurement points for my paint depth gauge. Prior to this, I had always measured paint by locations marked with a single laser point. The inherit problem in this practice is that I wouldn't know whether the amount of paint I was removing was uniform across the entire panel measured by the single point. The solution was to somehow split the laser's beam into multiple paths to create a grid. A grid would allow me track the amount of paint removed across an entire panel. The grid was created by gluing a piece of diffraction grating to a laser pointer with a toggle switch.

This is after 56 hours of work spread out over 6 days.



Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lenses: Tamron 24-70 VC, Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS II
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Dull, faded paint at delivery



Thick brake dust on wheel's barrel



Clay bar after wheel was decontaminated



After decontamination





Heavy swirling on reverse light



Reverse light after polishing



Side vent removed for polishing



Side vent after polishing



Passenger side pillar before polishing



Passenger side pillar after polishing



Available in 720p & 1080p



Holograms and swirls on hood



Hood after polishing



Swirled and faded front-end



Front-end after paint correction and application of Chemical Guys J97





Tripod-mounted diffraction laser



Multiple measuring points are created on driver side door by diffraction grating



Measuring grid points w/ paint depth gauge (available in 720p & 1080p)



Buffer trails and swirls on driver side door



Driver side door after polishing





Left side of driver side door before polishing, right side after polishing





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      10-08-2012, 06:34 PM   #2
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dayum! ur attention 2 detail is bar none
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      10-08-2012, 06:35 PM   #3
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great work =) seeing this makes me think of how I was considering jerez black before.
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      10-08-2012, 06:37 PM   #4
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definitely one of the best threads i've seen in awhile
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nothing less than perfection! As a JB owner this was and is very motivating.
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that is impressive!
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good work but wrong section. please move
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Amazing!
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I want this done to mine... that looks freaking amazing.
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I can't take it any more!!! Sunlight photos with no swirls I want it.
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insane work!
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definitely one of the best threads i've seen in awhile
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Cannot say enough good things about eclipsisNA's work. I've had a bunch of so-called "paint guys" polish/wax/clay and give it all the big talk but the improvement was only ever a case of "lipstick on a pig"- it soon wore off.

The work the founder, Eric, is capable of is a different class. The paint is actually fixed to factory condition rather than just temporarily filled. Another separating factor is he treats the car like it's his own, never taking a shortcut and always making sure the work is as good as humanly possible. You also get no BS or upselling-- all stuff I'm sadly all too used to having been in the car game for too long.

It's hard to think of negatives so I don't sound like a paid ad. It's not a quick turnaround, as it's not a half-assed job, so expect to be without your car for 4 or 5 days. And that's it. For the price of two shitty "details" that will do nothing substantive, you can have someone who understands paint like no one else I've met improve your car's appearance and it's resale.

Last but not least, he's also a certifiable car nut who "gets it" like few other people in the industry. Anyhow, saying al this nice stuff (and meaning it) is making me feel nauseous so I'll get back to bashing the dreadful BMW of Beverly Hills and BMWs decision to rename the M3 an M4...
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Amazing work!
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WOW! ::runs and details M3 in the garage::
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Wow, great work Eric
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I love these threads!
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Holy crap that looks nuts.
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Yup, the guy is a scientist with paint.
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wow brilliant work. Ive never seen such an awesome detail before!!

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